Space Rock Crash Site Found on Jupiter's Icy Moon Europa
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 19:59:17 -0500
A new analysis from NASA scientists suggests that a 'spectacular' space rock collision may have delivered clay-like minerals to Jupiter's icy moon Europa.The finding raises the possibility that Europa may be home to organic compounds.
Exoplanet Habitable Zone Around Sunlike Stars Bigger Than Thought
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:03:20 -0500
Earth's place in the solar system is just right. It's not too hot, like Venus, and it's not too cold, like Mars, and this "goldilocks zone" of habitability around other stars like the sun just might be bigger than thought, scientists say.
How Habitable Zones for Alien Planets and Stars Work (Infographic)
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:02:00 -0500
Researchers found that habitable alien planets could exist closer to their stars than was previously realized. See how habitable zones work in this SPACE.com infographic.
Prototype Morpheus Lander Soars In First Free Flight | Video
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:22:46 -0500
On 10 December 2013, a lander that uses NASA automated landing tech, conducted a free-flight in which it flew forward and landed 23 feet from its launch point. It could be used deliver cargo to asteroid and other planetary surfaces.
Space History Photo: Aldrin Next to Solar Wind Experiment
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:13:02 -0500
Astronaut Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr. stands next to a solar wind experiment during the Apollo 11 EVA.
RIP Comet ISON: Scientists Declare Famous 'Sungrazer' Dead After Sun Encounter
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:37:39 -0500
Comet ISON broke apart during its highly anticipated solar flyby on Nov. 28, emerging from behind the sun as a diffuse cloud of dust that has since dissipated in the darkness of deep space, scientists say.